Five Nights at Freddy's Series: Reviews
Five Nights at Freddy's, chances are you have heard this title online or seen it in stores. Since the release of the first game in 2014, the series gained a huge following of fans. The first game was followed by three other games, which continued on the story, and one game that didn't follow the original story exactly.
The series also spurred fans to make games based off it, such as The Joy of Creation, One Night at Flumpty's, and Five Nights at Candy's. All of these games feature a very similar mechanic of looking at cameras and closing doors.
Five Nights at Freddy's
The game that started it all, often shortened to FNAF, was a very simple game that still had some difficulty to it. The main game mechanic is you sit in your office, click on cameras, close doors, and keep an eye on your power level. There are five main nights to get through, each starting out with a phone call, where a man gives you some advice and information about Fazbear Pizza.
There are only four animatronics that you must keep an eye on; Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy. At times, a Golden Freddy will appear, but only as a plush in your office and he can't kill you. Foxy is also the only one you actually see physically move, the others just seem to teleport around the building.
Once you complete the main five nights, you can play through a sixth night and a custom seventh night. The custom night you can alter the difficulty of each animatronic to test your skills. Completing all nights, as well as 20/20/20/20 mode, you unlock all extras.
Five Nights at Freddy's 2
The second installment, introducing new game mechanics, a different location and new animatronics. This time, there are no doors to close and unlimited power to the building. Your only defense against the characters is a flashlight with limited battery power and a Freddy mask. The mask can trick all but two of the animatronics, Marionette and Foxy.
The animatronics introduced are;
- Newer versions of Freddy, Bonnie and Chica, dubbed the 'toys'.
- Mangle: a take apart, put together attraction. Only intact part is her head and she makes a static radio type noise.
- Balloon Boy: a little boy that holds balloons, if he gets into your office, he will cause your flashlight to stop working, allowing other animatronics to come get you.
- Marionette: a puppet that usually stays in a box, the main mechanic for him is to keep the music box wound up.
The four animatronics from the first game are still around, but they are damaged, being used for spare parts. Golden Freddy can also be seen, but this time he can kill you and make you restart the game. There has also been talks of a Shadow Bonnie and Balloon Girl being spotted as well, though rare.
Five Nights at Freddy's 3
The third installment, also the lowest rated out of the series, FNAF 3 changes the mechanics and animatronics yet again. Instead of being in a restaurant, you are hired on to guard a horror themed attraction, based on the now closed Freddy Fazbear Pizza. Like the second game, there is no power to keep an eye on. Instead, you have camera views, audio and ventilation. If any of these malfunction, you must fix them quickly.
There is only one animatronic that can kill you this time, Springtrap. You play audio clips to lure him away from your office, if this malfunctions you wont be able to play the sounds. If the ventilation systems malfunction, this will cause the player to hallucinate phantom versions of past animatronics. They can't kill you, but can spook you pretty bad. If the camera views malfunction, it causes the camera feeds to become totally obscured by static.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
The final installment of this series, FNAF 4 brings back the classic animatronics. Instead of playing as security, you now play as a child that must survive against nightmare versions of Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy.
Unlike the other games, this one has no camera views to look at, but you keep the flashlight. This game also introduces a moving mechanic, since you physically run to the doors to check them. Sound is also very important, if you hear breathing at the door, you hold the door shut or risk getting killed.
Before each night, you go through a mini game that explains what the child went through. This mainly shows the child being bullied by others, and his only friend being his stuffed animals that resemble the animatronics.
Also note, little Freddy's spawn on the bed behind you and Foxy will sneak into your closet. For foxy, just close the closet door for a few seconds. When you open it and see a plush, it's safe.
So, I personally love this franchise. Yes the fan base gets a bit out of hand, but every fan base has that side. The only game out of the series I didn't like too much was FNAF 3. I mean, only one animatronic that can kill you? That's not as exciting as four or ten. My favorite was FNAF 2, with the introductions of all these new animatronics, and the mask to hide yourself.
I am aware of FNAF Sister Location, but that will get its own page, since it has so much more to it.